Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices: Criminal Biographies of the Eighteenth Century: Criminal Biographies of the 18th Century

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Criminal biographies enjoyed enormous popularity in the Eighteenth Century: today they offer us some fascinating perspectives on the period. Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices is the first book to reproduce a number of these biographies in full.
Not only do these biographies make fascinating reading, they also raise the problem of how to read them as historical documents. The author argues that instead of trying to uncover simple themes, the most revealing thing about them is the tensions around which they were constructed.

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Criminal biographies enjoyed enormous popularity in the eighteenth century: today they offer us some fascinating perspectives on the period. Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices is the first book of its kind to reproduce a number of these biographies in one volume. Included are the biographies of street robbers, pickpockets, burglers, horse thieves and confidence tricksters. Each biography is prefaced with background historical information, and thoroughly footnoted. Not only do these biographies make fascinating reading, they also raise the problem of how to read them as historical documents.

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